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Glendale City Council Not Impressed By Renaissance Proposal To Keep Coyotes In Town
Published June 19, 2013
CITY DON'T SLEEP: Former NHLer Jeremy Roenick has been linked to a front-office position with the Coyotes should the team move to Seattle, and in Tacoma, John McGrath called it a "curious" possibility. Roenick has long "championed the NHL’s viability in the sunniest of sun-belt markets." McGrath: "Outspoken, edgy, candid, insightful, Roenick’s personality, even in retirement, inspires enough adjectives to fill a thesaurus. ... Fasten your seatbelts, folks. We might be in for the ride of a lifetime" (Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE, 6/17). But in Seattle, Jerry Brewer writes the city is back to being "leverage" for a pro sports league. Brewer: "We’re the threat of all threats, a city with the juice to get the attention of any struggling franchise in any indifferent city. If this keeps up, our new nickname will be Leverage City." It is "important to realize that ... Seattle has made an impression that eventually should result in luring the NBA and NHL" (SEATTLE TIMES, 6/19).
TRES MAGNIFIQUE: Hockey HOFer Wayne Gretzky said he thinks it just is a "matter of time before Quebec City is going to get a franchise." Gretzky: "We all agree it's a good city and it can support an NHL team, especially now with the salary cap rules and the parity we have in the game of hockey. ... It's going to be a strong, solid franchise just like Winnipeg is now and it will be as successful as they are" (CP, 6/18).